Anthony Smith (singer)

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Anthony Smith
Birth name Ralph Anthony Smith[1]
Origin Warsaw, Indiana, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar
Years active 2002-present
Labels Mercury Nashville, Stroudavarious, Krankit
Associated acts Trace Adkins
Montgomery Gentry
George Strait
Website Official site

Ralph Anthony Smith (born in Warsaw, Indiana) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. As a musician, Smith recorded his first album, If That Ain't Country, on Mercury Nashville Records in 2002. The album produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Smith has also written singles for Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and George Strait. He released an EP in 2009 on Stroudavarious Records.

Biography[edit]

Anthony Smith was raised in eastern Tennessee [2] His musical interests began at the early age of 5. At age nine, he had joined his first band, and by age twelve he was arranging music at his church.[3] Smith moved to Kentucky in his early 20s and joined several bands. Luke Lewis, the boss of Mercury Nashville Records, received a demo tape of Smith's music, and in 2002, he signed the artist to a record deal.[4] Meanwhile, Smith wrote songs for other artists, including "Run and Cowboy's Like Us by George Strait, "I'm Tryin'" and "Chrome" by Trace Adkins, "Didn't I" and "Whataya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry, and "What Brothers Do" by Confederate Railroad.[4] "My Worst Fear" for Rascal Flatts "Kristofferson" for Tim McGraw

Smith's debut album was released on Mercury Nashville in 2003, the same year that he was granted a songwriting deal from BMI.[5][6] The album, titled If That Ain't Country, produced three Top 40 singles, of which the title track was the highest-charting. After exiting Mercury in 2003, Smith continued to write songs for other artists, including "Cowboys Like Us", another single release by George Strait. In 2007, two other singles that Smith co-wrote entered the country charts "Daisy" by Halfway to Hazard, and "What Do Ya Think About That", another release by Montgomery Gentry. In 2008, Tim McGraw charted in the Top 20 with "Kristofferson", which Smith co-wrote with Reed Nielsen. Later that year, he signed to a second recording contract, this time with Stroudavarious Records. His first single for the label, "Bringin' Back the Sunshine", was released in July 2009, and debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Smith also released an extended play for the label, then left in early 2010 to form his own label, Krankit Records. His first release on this label was "Love Is Love Is Love."[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US Heat
If That Ain't Country 26 16

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Sunshine EP

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2002 "If That Ain't Country" 26 If That Ain't Country
"John J. Blanchard" 40
2003 "Half a Man" 40
2009 "Bringin' Back the Sunshine" 60 Sunshine EP
2010 "Love Is Love Is Love" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2002 "If That Ain't Country" Charley Randazzo
2009 "Bringin' Back the Sunshine" Traci Goudie
2010 "Love Is Love Is Love" Marcel

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